DXtreme Station Log 12

Version 12.0
Product Summary

Our popular Amateur Radio logging program has a new name and great new features!

Above: The DX Spot Checker and DXtreme Station Log 12 window
with its colorful Last Log Entries grid
and Automatic LoTW Upload Progress Bar.

Below: The DXtreme Station Log 12 window with the
log entry saved and uploaded automatically to the ARRL's Logbook of the World Server.

Above: LoTW QSO Record Status appears in parenthesis, indicating that the Log Entry is On the Server Okay.
LoTW QSO Record Status is captured from the LoTW server after every upload, and is written to the database.

Next: Integration with Afreet Ham CAP* (Chart and Map) and Afreet DX Atlas**
as called from the DX Spot Checker and Station Log windows.

Next: A dynamically prepared Social Media Post — ready for dragging-and-dropping to
social media sites — announcing the new one!

Next: The Quick Find box for finding log entries quickly.

If the call sign is in the log, its list of log entries appears on the Quick Find window.

This list of log entries can be loaded quickly into the Station Log window, and viewed one entry at a time.

Next: Integration with Afreet Band Master.***

DXtreme Station Log 12 runs in 32- and 64-bit versions of
Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
* — Software licenses for Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig are required to use Ham CAP (both are free at the time of this writing).
** — A software license for Afreet DX Atlas is required only if you want to use it.
*** — A software license for Afreet Band Master is required only if you want to use it.

Take the DXtreme Station Log 12 Tour!


  Overview

DXtreme Station Log 12 combines the features you'd expect in a ham radio logging program with the multimedia features you'd expect from DXtreme Software.

With DXtreme Station Log, you can:

  • Use the DX Spot Checker™ and/or optional Afreet Band Master1 to see if you need to work incoming stations for a new or verified DXCC entity, VUCC grid, or IOTA™ island.

  • Perform a propagation prediction within the DX Spot Checker for the path between your station and a spotted station. The prediction appears within Afreet Ham CAP2.

  • Run a DX Atlas3 azimuth plot within the DX Spot Checker from your location to that of a spotted station.

  • Tune4 your radio to the frequency and mode of a desired spot from the DX Spot Checker or from the Station Log window using the Direct Tune feature.

  • Log the stations you work, retrieving the frequency and mode from your transceiver.

  • Upload each log entry to LoTW immediately and automatically if desired when logged.

  • Submit/resubmit existing log entries to LoTW immediately from the Verification tab. A Warning message box appears when you're resubmitting a duplicate log entry, giving you a chance to reconsider before uploading.

  • Upload log entries to LoTW in batches semiautomatically after ADIF imports and whenever you choose not to use automatic uploads.

  • Drag-and-drop dynamically prepared Social Media Posts to your favorite social media web site(s) to share your DX conquests with others.

  • Perform a Ham CAP propagation prediction and a DX Atlas azimuth plot from your location to that of a logged station on the Station Log window or to an entity in the Entities module.

  • Type call signs into the Quick Find box to find log entries quickly.

  • Use Improv Imaging™ to capture from your screen, scan from your image scanner, or paste from the Clipboard any image you want to associate with a log entry.
  • Import ADIF files.

  • Record an audio archive of your QSOs.

  • Manage outgoing and incoming QSLs — card, LoTW, and eQSL.cc.

  • Perform DXCC Analytics™. Analyze your DXCC data and quickly access the specific log entries upon which you need to take some kind of action, such as submitting or re-submitting a QSL or e-mailing the ham you contacted.

  • Perform WAS Analytics™. Analyze your WAS data and quickly access the specific log entries upon which you need to take some kind of action, such as submitting or re-submitting a QSL or e-mailing the ham you contacted.

  • Create reports that track the performance of your station. And, if desired, FTP those reports to the Web for remote access.

  • Generate DX Atlas maps for Grids, Entities, and Stations reports.

  • Explore Improv Images and QSL Images on searchable Explorer windows, calling-up, in the Station Log window, any log entry associated with an Improv or QSL image — thereby making Explorer windows act like Search windows.
  • And much, much more.

To make a long story short, DXtreme Station Log 12 makes it fun to maintain your electronic logbook and manage your QSLs!

1 — A software license for Afreet Band Master is required only if you want to use Band Master.

2 — A subscription to HamQTH.com (free at the time of this writing), Buckmaster™ HamCall™, or QRZ XML Logbook Data are required for specific path coordinates, and you must have software licenses for and have installed and enabled Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig on your PC. Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig are both free at the time of this writing.

3 — A subscription to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data are required for specific path coordinates, and a software license for Afreet DX Atlas is required to use it.

4 — Requires installation and configuration of Afreet Omni-Rig. Refer to "Rig Control in DXtreme Station Log" later on this page for more information.

You can acquire Afreet Software packages from Afreet Software, Inc. at http://www.dxatlas.com/.


  DX Spot Checker™

Station Log comes with a DX Spot Checker™ that receives DX spot announcements from Telnet-based, DX Cluster servers.1

As each spot arrives, the DX Spot Checker checks your Station Log database and lets you know by colorful rich-text and audio whether you need a:

  • QSO with the station for a new DXCC entity
  • QSL from the station to confirm a DXCC entity
  • QSO with the station for a new band-entity
  • QSL from the station to confirm a band-entity

The audio announcements are useful when you can't see the DX Spot Checker window — like when you're busy working on a project in the shack and you're not watching your monitor. The announcements ensure that you won't miss the DXCC entities you need. But when you crave silence, a button on the DX Spot Checker toolbar lets you turn the audio off.

You can customize the rich-text messages and audio announcements for each DXCC status category so the messages and announcements look and sound the way you want them to. You can even assign different font colors to each DXCC status message. We like red for spots representing new DXCC entities, blue for new band-entities, and gray for entities we don't need.

Mode status also displays per station.

These DXCC and Mode Status Indications Can Also Be Turned Off

But if you prefer not to receive visual and audible DXCC and Mode announcements, you can turn them off in DX Spot Checker Options. If you do, only the spots themselves appear. You can turn the announcements on and off whenever you want to.

VUCC Status Indications

For VUCC aficionados, the DX Spot Checker can automatically or manually display VUCC status information for incoming spots — per band — providing you with a history of status checks you can peruse whenever you want to.

A setting in Options lets you turn automatic VUCC status checking on and off. Another setting lets you suppress the display of verified spots.

Whether automatic checking is on or off, you can perform manual VUCC status checks by double-clicking the frequency of a spot, right-clicking, and then clicking VUCC Status Check on the shortcut menu.

A subscription to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data is required for the VUCC Status feature, and the Maidenhead grid locator must be known to the callsign subscription service you select. You can use the VUCC status information to determine whether to contact a station for a new or verified grid.

The scope of and captions for VUCC status checks are determined by the settings you make in Preferences.

  • VUCC — When you select the VHF/UHF/SHF Only check box, grid status is displayed for VHF, UHF, and SHF frequencies only. This mode will be popular with users who track VUCC status.
  • Grid — When you clear the VHF/UHF/SHF Only check box, grid status is displayed for all frequencies. A mode that will be popular with digital (PSK31, JT9, Olivia, etc.) enthusiasts who like to track grids on all frequencies, including HF.

The Caption text box lets you specify the desired four-character caption for related fields and menu items throughout the application. We suggest VUCC when the VHF/UHF/SHF Only check box is selected, and Grid when the check box is cleared.

Display of Short- and Long-Path Bearings

When the latitude and longitude of a spotted station are known to DXtreme Station Log, short- and long-path bearings from your QTH to the station spotted appear on the DX Spot Checker window whenever you perform the following actions:

  • Bearing
  • Show Ham CAP LP/SP Prediction (if you own a copy of Ham CAP2)
  • Recall Spot
  • Mail Spot
  • Web Lookup Spot
  • Tune to Frequency
  • Log Spot
  • DX Atlas azimuth plot (if you own a copy of DX Atlas3)

And when the latitude and longitude of a spotted station are not known, you can always obtain the short- and long-path bearings from your QTH to the entity selected in the DXCC box.

Logbook of the World User Indication

The DX Spot Checker can be set so the spots of LoTW users appear in font attributes and colors that are unique, making it possible to tell at a glance whether the ham is using LoTW.

In the example above, the green bold italic spots indicate LoTW users.

You set these font attributes in Options.

DX Command Buttons

Buttons labeled DX Ad Hoc, DX Via the SL Window, and DX Via the SL Window - Your Grid<Prop>DX Grid appear on the DX Spot Checker window. Clicking them inserts a DX announcement template into the Send Command box.

You edit the template, supplying the desired information, and then press Enter on your keyboard to send the announcement to the server.

  • As its name implies, clicking DX Ad Hoc inserts a generic template:
  • DX <call> <freq> <remarks>

    Overwrite the <call>, <freq>, and <remarks> placeholders with the desired information. Then press Enter to send the DX announcement to the server.

  • As its name implies, clicking DX Via the SL Window inserts a more specific template into the Send Command box, one that includes information from the Station Log window (assuming you've already started a log entry for the station you're reporting):
  • DX J52HF 14076.0 JT65A <remarks>

    Overwrite the <remarks> placeholder with the desired information. Then press Enter to send the announcement to the server.

  • And as its name implies, clicking DX Via the SL Window - Your Grid<Prop>DX Grid inserts an even more specific template into the Send Command box, one that includes grid and propagation information from the Station Log window (assuming you've already started a log entry that includes such information for the station being reported):
  • DX KF6A 144150 FSK441 FN42gr<MS>EN73pj <remarks>

    Overwrite the <remarks> placeholder with the desired information. Then press Enter to send the announcement to the server.

Additional Command Buttons

User-defined command buttons appear on the right side of the DX Spot Checker window, one button for each command defined on the Additional Commands tab of DX Spot Checker Options.

Right-clicking a button displays a shortcut menu, whereupon clicking Define brings you to the text box where you can define the command.

Thereafter, depending on the definition of a command, left-clicking a button sends its command to the server, or inserts a DX announcement template into the Send Command box for editing before sending.

The Send check box, next to each text box, lets you send the command to the server immediately whenever the button is clicked.

Otherwise, the command assigned to the button appears in the Send Command box on the DX Spot Checker window for editing.

After editing, press Enter on your keyboard to send the command to the server. (Function keys are also assigned to each button.)

To help you define your commands, links to on-line user guides for AR-Cluster, CC Cluster, and DXSpider servers are present (by default) in the Links menu of the DX Spot Checker Options window.

Two text boxes labeled Group 1 and Group 2 are also included to let you customize the caption of each button group.

Propagation Predictions: Integration With Afreet Ham CAP

You can perform propagation predictions within the DX Spot Checker for the paths between your station and spotted stations if you have Afreet Omni-Rig and Afreet Ham CAP2, an HF propagation prediction program, installed on your PC. You can obtain Omni-Rig and Ham CAP free (at the time of this writing) from Afreet Software, Inc.

Ham CAP offers two graphical displays:

  • Chart — Shows the signal-to-noise-ratio prediction by time and frequency for the path between your station and a spotted station.
  • Map — Shows, atop a Mercator projection, the current propagation prediction for the path between your station and a spotted station for the frequency reported (if the station was spotted on the 80-, 40-, 30-, 20-, 17-, 15-, 12-, or 10-Meter band). You can, if desired, change the time and band on the Ham CAP interface to see when it would be best to work the station.

You activate Ham CAP within the DX Spot Checker by invoking a short- or long-path prediction for a spotted frequency and station. You can perform this action via the shortcut menu or Action bar. Here's a look at the shortcut menu invocation:

Ham CAP's Chart appears ...

Or

Ham CAP's Map appears ...

Depending on the initial display tab selected in Preferences.

You can, of course, click Chart or Map on the Ham CAP interface to switch between the displays.

Your coordinates must be present in Preferences and a subscription to Buckmaster HamCall, QRZ XML Logbook Data, or HamQTH.com is required to obtain the specific coordinates of the spotted station. If you don't subscribe to one of those lookup services, or if the station's coordinates are not available from the service, the default coordinates of the station's DXCC entity are used. The call sign of the spotted station appears on the Chart when the default coordinates of the entity are used; otherwise, the actual coordinates of the spotted station appear.

Ham CAP Properties in Preferences

The Ham CAP tab in Preferences lets you enable Ham CAP and set desired properties.

Properties such as:

  • Initial Display Tab — The initial display of Chart or Map.
  • Average Power — The average power you're running.
  • IonoProbe On — Whether you have the optional Afreet IonoProbe4 application installed on your PC and want it to automatically provide solar information to Ham CAP, including the 90-day smoothed sunspot number (SSN). When this option is enabled, IonoProbe overrides the K-Index value supplied by DXtreme Station Log 12. When IonoProbe is not installed, or is disabled, you may want to adjust the 90-day smoothed sunspot number manually on the Params tab of Ham CAP.
  • Use Kp — Whether you want Ham CAP to include current K-Index values in its prediction calculations. If you don't have IonoProbe installed or enabled, the K-Index value is supplied by DXtreme Station Log 12 (if your Internet connection is active and the index is available from NOAA).
  • Bearing and Distance Preference — Whether double-clicking the B+Dx caption on the Station Log window invokes Ham CAP Short Path, Ham CAP Long Path, or a DX Atlas3 plot (if installed and configured on your PC).
  • Map StyleColor, Gray, or Pseudo to suit your taste.
  • Map ResolutionHigh, Medium, or Low to suit your taste.
  • Default Band — The band to select when the frequency of a spotted or logged station is outside the 80-, 40-, 30-, 20-, 17-, 15-, 12-, or 10-Meter band or you invoked Ham CAP from the action bar of the DX Spot Checker or from the Entities module. You can, of course, change the band on the Ham CAP interface.
  • Show Sun — Whether to show sun position on the Map display.
  • Plot Path — Whether to plot the path on the Map display.
  • Plot MUF — Whether to plot the maximum usable frequency on the Chart display.

Note

To use Ham CAP effectively, users must configure other parameters and settings on the Ham CAP interface. (As stated above, home and DX coordinates are supplied by DXtreme Station Log 12.) Further, we encourage users to read the Ham CAP on-line documentation, which is available on the Ham CAP web page.

Other Functions

The DX Spot Checker also lets you:

  • Tune your radio to the last-reported frequency and mode of a desired spot or VUCC item5

  • Recall spots in a separate window so you can view the history of spots for a single station in one place.

  • Send spot announcements to others by e-mail.

  • Perform Web-based, callsign lookups on stations spotted, including VUCC items.

  • Start a log entry for a desired spot or VUCC item.

Functions can be invoked via the Action bar ...

Or the shortcut menu.

In Options, you can define default functions for the first and last items on the shortcut menu.

Default functions appear twice on the shortcut menu — once at the top, once at the bottom — so they're always right next to your mouse cursor for easy activation.

Window Resize

If the DX Spot Checker is sometimes too wide for your screen, you can resize it smaller. The DX and Additional Commands buttons will disappear, but they'll come back when you resize the window larger again. When the window is smaller, you can still execute the additional commands via menus and function keys.

DX Atlas Integration

If you own a copy of Afreet DX Atlas3, you can perform a DX Atlas azimuth plot from your location to that of a spotted station via the menu bar or shortcut menu.

Plot colors and fonts are configurable in Preferences.

Your coordinates must be present in Preferences and a subscription to either HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data is required to obtain the specific coordinates of the destination station. Whether the station's coordinates exist in the callsign subscription service is not guaranteed by DXtreme Software.

If you don't subscribe to a callsign subscription service, or if the station's coordinates are not available from the service you chose, you can perform an azimuth plot based on the default coordinates of the station's DXCC entity. These coordinates exist in the Entities module of DXtreme Station Log. In this context, a subscription to DX Atlas is the only requirement.

DX Spot Checker Options

The DX Spot Checker has a separate Options dialog box that lets you specify server addresses, server commands, rig-control mode definitions, custom text audio messages, DXCC message suppression exceptions, shortcut menu default functions, and Ham CAP properties.

1 — Requires an Internet connection.

2 — A subscription to HamQTH.com (free at the time of this writing), Buckmaster™ HamCall™, or QRZ XML Logbook Data are required for specific path coordinates, and you must have software licenses for and have installed and enabled Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig on your PC. Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig are both free at the time of this writing.

3 — A subscription to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data are required for specific path coordinates, and a software license for Afreet DX Atlas is required only if you want to use DX Atlas.

4 —A software license for Afreet IonoProbe is required only if you want to use IonoProbe. You can obtain a license from Afreet Software, Inc.

5 — Requires installation and configuration of Afreet Omni-Rig. Refer to "Rig Control in DXtreme Station Log" later on this page for more information.

You can acquire Afreet Software packages from Afreet Software, Inc. at http://www.dxatlas.com/.

For more information about the DX Spot Checker, see the DXtreme Station Log 12 Data Sheet.


  Band Master Integration

If you own a license for Afreet Band Master1, you can invoke it via the Tools menu on the Station Log window by choosing the Needed Lists format you want.

Band Master opens with the appropriate needed lists loaded.

The needed lists, which include Entities and IOTAs, are based on your Station Log database, and Band Master uses these lists to indicate the entities and IOTAs you need. You can select needed lists for all bands and individually for the 160- through 6-Meter bands.

The needed lists do not refresh automatically, but you can re-click a Needed Lists format to rebuild them any time you want.

Band Master integration offers a graphical alternative to the included DX Spot Checker, and both clients offer features that the other client lacks.

For example, the DX Spot Checker is tightly integrated with Station Log functions and provides robust reporting of needed DXCC entities and VUCC grid squares. Plus it provides a way to send commands to the Telnet server.

Band Master offers an attractive band display, IOTA reporting, and the ability to connect to Web clusters.

Both Band Master and the DX Spot Checker can be used simultaneously, as long as they are not connected to the same Telnet server.

A delay setting in Preferences allows the needed lists to build prior to displaying Band Master.

1 — A software license for Band Master is required only if you want to use Band Master. You can obtain a license from Afreet Software, Inc.


  All-Mode, Full-Spectrum Logging

You can log contacts in any transmission mode across the entire radio spectrum — from VLF to HF to VHF/UHF and beyond!

DXtreme Station Log 12 provides support for Logbook of the World (LoTW) uploads as you add log entries or later on in batches ... your choice! Refer to "Support for Logbook of the World (LoTW)" on this page for details.

When Omni-Rig is installed and configured on your computer, Station Log loads the frequency and mode from your transceiver into the Frequency and Mode fields. Refer to "Rig Control in DXtreme Station Log" on this page for more information.

If you subscribe to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data, Station Log loads information from your subscribed service into the following fields:

  • Operator name and address
  • QSL manager name, call, and address
  • Grid
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

When the latitude and longitude of a station are known to DXtreme Station Log, bearing and distance from your QTH to the station logged appears on the Station Log tab.

The short-path bearing appears continuously; the long-path bearing appears as a pop-up when you mouse-over the field. Clicking the field displays a DX Atlas azimuth plot or Ham CAP propagation prediction depending on the default setting made in Preferences.

Last Log Entries Grid

If desired, you can display a grid on the Station Log window that shows up to 5000 of the most recent log entries you've added.

The grid can be placed above the tabbed set of fields.

Or below the tabbed set of fields.

Double-clicking a row in the grid displays its log entry in the Station Log window. And the grid's shortcut menu lets you sort its records in a variety of ways. A menu selection provides access to a Properties dialog box ...

Where you can:

  • Change the order of columns.
  • Set the maximum number of last log entries displayed (from 7 to 5000).
  • Add or remove a border.
  • Set font attributes for the grid's frame plus heading and data rows — one format for odd data rows, and another format for even data rows — throughout the program, not just for the Last Log Entries grid, but all grids in the system plus the Quick Find box.
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    While this image shows alternating blue and black foreground colors over alternating white and silver backgrounds:

You can resize the Station Log window to make the Automatic LoTW Upload Progress Bar and Last Log Entries grid disappear and reappear any time you want. And you can specify 0 in the Max# field of the Properties window if you want to turn the feature off.

Last Log Entries Window

Even though you can scroll the Last Log Entries grid vertically and horizontally, sometimes you need more room to display all of the columns and their data. To say nothing of displaying additional rows.

For time like those, you can open the resizable Last Log Entries window.

The Last Log Entries window has all of the functions of the Last Log Entries grid, but it can be set wider and longer. You can display the grid and window together, or separately.

Social Media Posts

When adding or displaying a log entry, Station Log prepares an announcement of the contact and displays it on the Social Media Post tab...

... where you can drag the post to your favorite social media web site(s) to share your contact news with others.

Here's how:

  1. Select the social media post.
  2. Drag it to the appropriate text box on the social media web site.
  3. And drop it.
  4. Commit your post by following the instructions on the social media web site.

The social media web site must be capable of accepting drag-and-drop operations. For sites that do not, copy the announcement to the Clipboard and paste it into the appropriate text box.

Social Media Scripts

Using the Script Editor window, you can create and edit social media scripts that format your social media posts. The Editor button on the Social Media Post tab provides access to the Script Editor.

And the browse button on the Social Media Post tab lets you select the script you want to use. Six sample scripts come with the software.

For example: After selecting the detailed.sms script, Station Log displays this updated social media post (it's a bit longer, so you'd need to scroll to see and select it):


  Rig Control in DXtreme Station Log 12

DXtreme Station Log 12 integrates with Afreet Omni-Rig, a free-for-amateur-use rig control program available over the Web.

When Omni-Rig is installed and configured on your PC:

  • You can tune your rig from the DX Spot Checker or the Direct Tune tab on the Station Log window.

  • When you add log entries or double-click the Freq field, the Station Log window automatically captures the frequency and mode from your rig.

How Direct Tune Works

To change the frequency, type a new frequency in the Freq box and click Set or change the mode. Or in the Increment list box, click the desired increment and use the up/down arrows next to the Freq box to tune incrementally in kHz. Increments of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 100, 1000, and 10000 kHz are available. Alternatively, you can use the up/down arrows far right of the Freq box to tune incrementally by tenths of a kHz.

To change the mode, click the desired mode in the Mode list box.

The Get button lets you reacquire the radio's frequency if the radio was tuned — manually or via the DX Spot Checker — to a different frequency after the Direct Tune tab was clicked.

Configuring Rig Control

Using rig control is entirely optional. To enable it:

  1. Install a copy of Omni-Rig on your system.

  2. Configure it to work with your radio. Most popular radios are supported.

  3. In the Preferences window of DXtreme Station Log, click the Afreet Omni-Rig option button.

Refer to the Omni-Rig Web site at http://www.dxatlas.com for software downloads and support with their software.

Contact us for integration support.


  Audio Archive Feature

Station Log's audio archive feature lets you record and play back audio clips of your QSOs.

Station Log saves the audio clips as WAV files in your audio repository. Later, whenever you browse your log, you'll be able to listen to and re-live your memorable contacts!


  Support for Logbook of the World (LoTW)

LoTW Support includes:

  • Indication of LoTW Users.
  • Your choice of LoTW uploads:

    • Automatic LoTW Uploads of single log entries.
    • Semiautomatic LoTW Uploads of one of more log entries in batches.
    • Or both.

  • Database Update of Incoming LoTW QSLs.

LoTW User Indication

Spots of hams who are LoTW users appear in unique fonts and colors on the DX Spot Checker window, making it possible to tell at a glance whether the ham is using LoTW.

When you add log entries, the Station Log window indicates whether the ham you contacted is a user of LoTW.

When you import log entries using the ADIF Import Utility, a report indicates LoTW users.

These indications help you decide whether to request a paper QSL or rely on the anticipated LoTW QSL.1

Automatic LoTW Upload Facility

When you add a log entry, you can have Station Log 12 upload it to LoTW immediately and automatically.

In addition, when you display an existing log entry, you can submit/resubmit it to LoTW immediately from the Verification tab. A Warning message box appears when you're resubmitting a duplicate log entry, giving you a chance to reconsider before uploading.

The Automatic LoTW Upload Progress caption and bar at the bottom of the Station Log window displays progress during the upload, including the capture of LoTW QSO Record Status information from the LoTW server (see Notes). You will not be able to perform other logging activities during the slight delay that ensues (typically 4 to 8 seconds), but if logging contacts more quickly is important to you, you can disable automatic uploading and upload contacts to LoTW semiautomatically in batches later (see the next section).

Notes:

  • As part of the upload operation, Station Log 12 captures, displays, and saves LoTW QSO Record Status from the server, which indicates whether the log entry made it to the LoTW server okay. If the expected status fails to appear above the progress bar or on the Verification tab, you can attempt to recapture status and, if necessary, resubmit the log entry and/or fine-tune the system.

  • The Automatic LoTW Upload Progress caption also displays your active station location in parentheses prior to upload.
  • You can place the progress caption and bar above the Last Log Entries grid if desired (as long as the grid is positioned at the bottom of the window). Doing so may be preferred if you choose not to display the Last Log Entries grid.

  • When you click Properties, the LoTW tab of the Preferences window appears so you can quickly change your active station location if and when necessary.

Batch LoTW Upload Facility (Semiautomatic and Legacy Manual)

The Batch LoTW Upload facility creates LoTW-specific .adi files containing one or more log entries and passes them to TQSL for processing.

  • The facility's Semiautomatic mode not only commands TQSL to sign and upload .adi files to the LoTW Server, but it also captures, displays, and saves LoTW QSO Record Status from the LoTW server, which indicates whether the batch of log entries made it to the server okay. If the expected status fails to appear above the progress bar on the Batch LoTW Upload window, you can attempt to recapture status from the window before closing it and, if necessary, upload the log entries again and/or fine-tune the system.

    In addition, unless you select the new Duplicate Protection Override check box on the Criteria window, Semiautomatic mode will not let you upload log entries indicated as "On Server" in the Station Log 12 database.
  • If you prefer, you can select the facility's legacy Manual mode, which directs TQSL to create a .tq8 file in your current Station Log database folder. You can then upload this .tq8 file manually via the LoTW Web site or e-mail (following the instructions provided by ARRL). No LoTW QSO Record Status is captured in Manual mode.

You select the mode of batch processing you want on the LoTW tab in Preferences (displayed earlier).

Performing a batch LoTW upload is useful when you don't want to upload log entries to LoTW automatically. It is also useful after you import ADIF files from another program, like a contest logging program or digital mode program.

Note: The Automatic, Semiautomatic, and Manual LoTW upload modes do not set the QSL fields on the Verification/Outgoing tab because doing so would prevent users from running reports for other QSL Types they may favor, such as Cards. You can set the Outgoing fields manually to indicate a QSL Type of LoTW if you want, but if you don't and no other type of QSL is indicated as sent and/or received on the Verification tab, the LoTW QSL Update Utility (described next) will automatically declare LoTW as the official Outgoing and Incoming QSL Type for matched records as part of its processing.

Incoming Logbook of the World QSLs

When Logbook of the World indicates that you have LoTW QSL records, you can use Station Log's LoTW QSL Update Utility to update your Station Log database with LoTW QSLs.

Refer to the DXtreme Station Log 12 Tour for more information about Station Log's support for Logbook of the World.

Click here for more information about Logbook of the World from ARRL.

1 — The LoTW Users module helps you keep LoTW user data up-to-date by importing the lotw.txt file from the HB9BZA Web site.


  Outgoing QSL Features

In addition to uploading log entries to LoTW, DXtreme Station Log 12 can help you manage all kinds of outgoing QSLs. Specifically, you can:

  • Track relevant information about the physical and electronic QSLs you send, such as the:
    • Date you sent the QSL.
    • Return postage you sent with it.
    • Type of QSL sent.
    • Entity to whom you sent the QSL.
  • Print QSL labels and address labels directly on your printer. No other software is required for this feature.
  • QSL Label

    Address Label

  • Create QSL labels and address labels in Microsoft® Word templates for printing later. Microsoft Word is required for this feature.
  • Use the Social Media Post (SMP) facility to create QSL and Address labels on DYMO® LabelWriter® printers. Refer to "Using SMP to Print Labels" on the DXtreme Station Log 12 Data Sheet page.
  • DYMO® and LabelWriter® are registered trademarks of Newell Rubbermaid.

  • Auto-Generate QSL Labels for cards being sent via an outgoing QSL bureau. Refer to "Auto-Bureau QSL Generation" below for more information.
  • Auto-Generate ADIF QSL Records for submission to third-party Web sites that — for a fee — will print and mail your physical QSL cards to outgoing QSL bureaus (GlobalQSL is one such third-party site). Refer to "Auto-Bureau QSL Generation" below for more information.
  • Create eQSL.cc records automatically and upload them to the eQSL.cc web site at regular intervals.

Auto-Bureau QSL Generation

When the Auto-Bureau QSL Generator is enabled, it produces QSL labels or ADIF QSL records automatically for DX stations worked the first time:

  • Overall
  • Per band
  • Per mode

This feature is ideal for contest operators because it generates bureau QSL labels or ADIF QSL records automatically for the stations most likely to QSL you when the contest is over. If you optionally specify that no return card is required as you generate labels or records, you may save yourself the time and effort of processing reciprocal QSL cards as they "trickle in" months later. You can just as easily, of course, welcome reciprocal cards. It's entirely up to you.

For QSL labels — The Auto Bureau QSL Generator can be set so it operates in the ADIF Import Utility only, the main Station Log window only, or in both applications. Microsoft Word is required for this feature.

For ADIF QSL records — You must use the ADIF Import Utility and set it so it generates ADIF records instead of Microsoft Word labels. Microsoft Word is not required for this feature.


 Incoming QSL Features

DXtreme Station Log 12 can help you manage your incoming QSLs. Specifically, you can:

  • Track relevant information about the physical and electronic QSLs you receive! You can track the:
    • Date you received the QSL.
    • Type of QSL received.
    • Entity from which you received the QSL.
  • Scan your QSLs and save them as digital images using DXtreme Software's highly-acclaimed QSL Imaging™ facility. Refer to "QSL Imaging Facility" on this page for more information.
  • Use the LoTW QSL Update Utility to update your Station Log database with Logbook of the World (LoTW) QSLs.
  • Capture eQSLs and LoTW QSL records from the Internet and save them as digital images.
  • Display your scanned and captured QSL images on your screen.
Imagine how much fun you'll have with QSL Imaging and your Audio Archive. Whenever you browse your log, you'll be able to listen to previous contacts while you view related QSLs ... just the thing for re-living the thrill of a pileup chase or the warmth of a memorable conversation.

Refer to the DXtreme Station Log 12 Data Sheet section of this Web site for more information and screenshots.


 QSL Imaging Facility

QSL Imaging™ is a multifaceted facility that lets you scan, capture, browse, view, format, and archive your QSL cards and electronic QSLs.

With QSL Imaging, you never again have to look through boxes or photo albums to answer the question:

"What did that QSL look like?"

Verification Tab

You associate QSL images with log entries on the Verification tab of the Station Log window. Once scanned or captured, the Preview QSL Image display lets you preview images and access the resizable QSL Imaging application to see the images full-size.

When previewing images, an arrow button at the top-right permits you to expand (and contract) the width of the display.

When the Preview QSL Image display is contracted, a tabbed area on the left side of the Verification tab provides the Outgoing and Incoming QSL fields mentioned earlier. In addition to them, Scan and screen Capture buttons make scanning and screen-capturing .tif images convenient.

The Preview QSL Image display shows QSL images automatically whenever you display a verified log entry. It includes a:

  • Fit box for applying fit-to options to the display.
  • Set of command buttons for:

    • Copying QSL images to the Clipboard.

    • Magnifying images.

    • Displaying images full size in the QSL Imaging application.

    • Navigating multipage images within the Preview QSL Image display; this screenshot shows page 2 of the QSL image file.


QSL Imaging Application

When you associate a QSL image with a log entry, the resizable QSL Imaging application launches automatically, showing you the full image, and giving you the opportunity to continue working with it. Perhaps you want to add additional image pages, for example, or annotate, format, or print the image, etc.

A screen capture button on the toolbar makes screen-capturing additional images convenient.

When you close the application, the QSL image appears in the Preview QSL Image display on the Verification tab of the Station Log window, where you can preview QSL images associated with your log entries any time you want.

A command button lets you redisplay images in the QSL Imaging application, in case you want to see them full-size or work with them again.

By default, QSL Imaging saves QSLs in the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). The TIFF format lets you save the front and back of each QSL as individual pages in a single image file — similar to how a word processor lets you save individual text pages in a single document file. If you want to save your QSL images in other formats (such as JPEG), you can.


QSL Image Explorer

The QSL Image Explorer lets you peruse the images in your QSL folder.

It includes a:

  • Thumbnails browser in addition to the standard File List.
  • Large Image display for previewing QSL images.
  • Fit box for applying fit-to options to the Image display.
  • Set of command buttons for:

    • Copying QSL images to the Clipboard.

    • Magnifying images.

    • Displaying images full size in the QSL Imaging application.

    • Navigating multipage images within the Image display.

    • Calling-up, in the Station Log window, the log entry associated with a QSL image, thereby making the Explorer act like a Search window.

By default, QSL images reside in the IncomingQSLs subfolder of the c:\DXtremeStationLog12 tree.


Imaging Preferences

The Auto Backups tab in Preferences lets you configure up to two backup paths for your QSL and Improv (described next) images.

The Imaging tab lets you set desired properties for your images.


  Improv Imaging™

Improv Imaging is a dynamic facility that lets you associate adhoc images with log entries. This feature is independent from our popular QSL Imaging™ facility.

Using Improv Imaging, you can Capture from your screen, Scan from your image scanner, or Paste from the Clipboard any image you want to associate with a displayed log entry. The image can be a single-page .jpg, or a single- or multi-page .tif. You can also browse your PC for a .jpg or .tif image file you want to associate.

For example, you can use Improv Imaging to associate the following kinds of images with your log entries:

  • Signals on a spectrum analyzer or waterfall.
  • Amateur television images.
  • Facsimile images.
  • Screen captures of stations received on digital applications, such as Fldigi1, WSJT2, JT65-HF3, and more.
  • Captured or scanned photos of equipment.
  • Any other images you desire.

Improv Imaging Tab

You associate Improv images with log entries on the Improv Imaging tab of the Station Log window. Once scanned or captured, the Preview Improv Image display lets you preview images and access the resizable Improv Imaging application to see the images full-size.

This tab includes a:

  • File box plus execute and browse buttons for associating images; the execute button invokes the New Improv Image command box with its Capture, Scan, and Paste functions.
  • Description box for describing images.
  • Large Preview Improv Image display for previewing images associated with log entries.
  • Fit box for applying fit-to options to the Preview Improv Image display.
  • A set of command buttons for:

    • Copying Improv images to the Clipboard.

    • Magnifying images.

    • Displaying images full size in the Improv Imaging application.

    • Navigating multipage images within the Preview Improv Image display.

An asterisk appears in the Improv Imaging tab when an Improv image is associated with a displayed log entry.


Improv Imaging Application

When you associate an Improv image with a log entry, the Improv Imaging application launches automatically, showing you the full image, and giving you the opportunity to continue working with it. Perhaps you want to add additional image pages, for example, or annotate, format, or print the image, etc.

When you close the application, the Improv image appears in the Preview Improv Image display on the Improv Imaging tab of the Station Log window, where you can preview the images associated with your log entries any time you want.

A command button lets you redisplay images in the Improv Imaging application, in case you want to see them full-size or work with them again.


Improv Image Explorer

The Improv Image Explorer lets you peruse the images in your Improv folder.

It includes a:

  • Thumbnails browser in addition to the standard File List.
  • Large Image display for previewing Improv images.
  • Fit box for applying fit-to options to the Image display.
  • A set of command buttons for:

    • Copying Improv images to the Clipboard.

    • Magnifying images.

    • Displaying images full size in the Improv Imaging application.

    • Navigating multipage images within the Image display.

    • Calling-up, in the Station Log window, the log entry associated with an Improv image, thereby making the Explorer act like a Search window.

By default, Improv images reside in the Improv subfolder of the c:\DXtremeStationLog12 tree.

1 Fldigi is owned by W1HKJ & Associates; visit http://www.w1hkj.com for more information.
2 WSJT is owned by Joe Taylor, K1JT; visit https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/ for more information.
3 JT65-HF-HB9HQX-Edition is owned by Beat Oehrli, HB9HQX; visit http://sourceforge.net/projects/jt65hfhb9hqxedi/ for more information.


DXCC and WAS Analytics

DXCC Analytics

DXCC Analytics is a window-based tool that lets you analyze your DXCC data and quickly access the specific log entries upon which you need to take some kind of action, such as submitting or re-submitting a QSL or e-mailing the ham you contacted.

You begin by selecting a desired mode, or all modes. Then DXCC Analytics goes to work, building and displaying a record set showing the number of band entities Worked, Verified, and Worked But Not Verified (labeled Delta) for each band and for all bands. (As an option, check boxes let you specify whether to include Deleted and Non-DXCC entities in your analysis, and Power From and To boxes let you filter your analysis by the output power used; you can specify a single power level, or a range of power levels.)

When you double-click a Worked, Verified, or Delta data element for a desired band, or for all bands, you see a list of entities that satisfy the element you chose, along with the number of QSOs in each entity.

When you double-click a desired entity, you see a list of its QSOs, including the band and date. You can sort this list by Station, Band, Date Ascending, or Date Descending.

You can then load one or all of the QSOs into the Station Log window so you can perform the desired action on them ... while the DXCC Analytics window persists for further analysis.

When you build a record set for all modes, your DXCC Challenge status is also displayed for informational purposes.

DXCC Analytics works with lots of data, so if your database has thousands of QSOs, give it some time. The results are worth the wait. When you want to work with an entity list over several days, you can use the Previous Entity List (PEL) feature, which is described next.

Previous Entity List (PEL) Feature

When you build an entity list, particularly a time-consuming one, DXCC Analytics saves the list to a local file, enabling you to reload its data later — in seconds — to continue working with it.

This feature is intended for users who want to work intermittently on an entity list that took several minutes to build. They may have, for example, built an entity list (like Delta All Modes All Bands), started to work on it, and then shut down Station Log to go to work or school. When they return home, they can reload the desired PEL file and pick up where they left off.

To reload a previous entity list, click the PEL button. The Select Previous Entity List window appears to let you select the entity list you want to reload. You can then continue to work on it.

WAS Analytics

WAS Analytics is a window-based tool that lets you analyze your Worked All States (WAS) data and quickly access the specific log entries upon which you need to take some kind of action, such as submitting or re-submitting a QSL or e-mailing the ham you contacted.

You begin by selecting a desired mode, or all modes. WAS Analytics then goes to work, building and displaying a record set showing the number of band states Worked, Verified, and Worked But Not Verified (labeled Delta) for each band and for all bands. (As an option, Power From and To boxes let you filter your analysis by the output power you used; you can specify a single power level, or a range of power levels.)

When you double-click a Worked, Verified, or Delta data element for a desired band, or for all bands, you see a list of states that satisfy the element you chose, along with the number of QSOs in each state.

When you double-click a desired state, you see a list of its QSOs, including the band and date. You can sort this list by Station, Band, Date Ascending, or Date Descending.

You can then load one or all of the QSOs into the Station Log window so you can perform the desired action on them ... while the WAS Analytics window persists for further analysis.

WAS Analytics works with lots of data, so if your database has thousands of QSOs, give it some time.

When you build a state list, particularly a time-consuming one, WAS Analytics saves the list to a local file, enabling you to reload its data later to continue working with it. This feature is intended for users who want to work intermittently on a state list that took several minutes to build. They may have, for example, built a state list (like Delta All Modes All Bands), started to work with it, and then shut down Station Log to go to work or school. When they return home, they can reload the desired PSL (previous state list) file and pick up where they left off.

To reload a previous state list, click the PSL button. The Select Previous State List window appears to let you select the state list you want to reload.

You can then continue to work with it.


Reporting

Station Log has an array of reports that let you track the performance of your station.

You can run the following types of reports:

  • Performance — Lets you track the overall performance of your station.

    Performance reports show the number of contacts per subject and whether the subject is worked or verified overall and on each mode and band. You can produce Performance reports for each of the following subjects:

    • Entities
    • Continents
    • US-CA Counties
    • CQ Zones
    • Grid Locators
    • IOTA Numbers
    • States and Provinces
    • Propagation Modes
    • User-defined fields (UDFs)

  • Bands — Lets you analyze the performance of your station from a bands perspective. The Bands report shows the number of contacts you have made per band, overall and on each mode. The report also shows grand totals for all bands and for each mode.

  • Stations — Lets you see a list of the stations in your log.

Filter Reports

Station Log lets you filter your Performance, Bands, and Stations reports. You can run a report that contains:

  • All of the information in your log, or
  • Specific information from your log that satisfies criteria you specify.

For example, you can run a report that shows results for a particular:

  • Band
  • Mode
  • Date range
  • Rig, antenna, and/or power range
  • Propagation Mode
  • Incoming QSL type
  • Solar Flux, A-Index, and/or K-Index range
  • LoTW QSO Record Status

  • LoTW QSL Record Status

  • And so on ...
Just the thing for seeing how well a particular rig, antenna, or amplifier is performing; for producing QRP reports; or for analyzing the effects of specific propagation conditions.

Output Devices

You can output the reports to the following devices:

  • Printer — To the printer you select.

  • Active Report Viewer — To the DXtreme Active Report Viewer. The Active Report Viewer lets you view and sort reports within Microsoft® Internet Explorer® Version 8.0+ (Desktop).

  • Standard Report Viewer — To the DXtreme Standard Report Viewer. The Standard Report Viewer lets you view reports in Microsoft® Edge, Apple® Safari®, Google™ Chrome™, Mozilla® Firefox® Version 18.0+, and Vivaldi™.
  • FTP — Upload your Performance, Bands, and Stations reports to the Web automatically, where you and your friends can access them remotely.1 When accessed from the Web, the reports appear within the Active Report Viewer or Standard Report Viewer.

Check out Spotlight on the FTP Report Upload Feature for more information.

And then refer to the "Monitoring Performance" section of the DXtreme Station Log 12 Tour for screenshots and access to sample reports.

DX Atlas Integration

The following reports integrate with DX Atlas:2

  • Grids — When you run a Performance report for Grids, Station Log integrates with DX Atlas to produce a map showing the grids you've worked and verified. Different colors indicate verification status (black background for verified, blue background for worked but not verified). The colors are controlled by DX Atlas and do not appear to be editable.
  • This map shows grid status for two-meter, meteor-scatter contacts from New Hampshire. You can pan and resize and zoom the map as desired.

  • Entities — When you run a Performance report for Entities, Station Log integrates with DX Atlas to produce a map of pins; one color for worked entities, another color for verified entities. You can set the colors in Station Log's Preferences module.
  • This map shows overall entity status. You can change the projection and rotate and resize and zoom the map as desired.

  • Stations — When you run a Stations report, Station Log integrates with DX Atlas to produce a map of pins; one color for worked stations, another color for verified stations. You can set the colors in Station Log's Preferences module.
  • This map shows two-meter, moonbounce entity status from New Hampshire. You can change the projection and rotate and resize and zoom the map as desired.

1 — Requires an Internet connection with available Web space.

2 — A software license for DX Atlas is required only if you want to use DX Atlas. You can obtain a license from Afreet Software, Inc.


Implementation Options

Station Log supports two implementation options.

1) Enter or Import all of your log entries.

You can enter all of your log entries manually, or use the ADIF Import Utility to import log entries in the ADIF format.

With this option, you will be able to run all of Station Log's reports, and use all of Station Log's features.

2) Enter your existing DXCC data and begin logging thereafter.

You can enter your existing DXCC data into Station Log's Entities module and then begin logging contacts thereafter.

This implementation option lets you avoid entering all of your contacts.

While you will not be able to run all of Station Log's reports, you will be able to run a subset of the reports. All of Station Log's other features will be available to you.


  But wait ... there's more!

DXtreme Station Log has other exciting features!

For more information ...

DXtreme Station Log runs on the following 32- and 64-bit operating systems:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista®
  • Microsoft Windows XP

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